Real Madrid star Karim Benzema handed a suspended prison sentence & €75,000 fine after being found guilty of blackmail

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Real Madrid star Karim Benzema was handed a suspended prison sentence & a €75,000 fine after being found guilty of blackmail. Photo credit: Getty

France and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has been found guilty and given a one-year jail term for blackmailing his former France international teammate Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape.

He was also been fined €75,000 for his role in the criminal scheme, Goal.com reports.

The sports news outlet further said that he stood trial last month for his role in former Lyon and France team-mate Valbuena being blackmailed over a sex tape ahead of a friendly against Armenia five years ago.

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Blackmailers threatened to release a sex tape in which Valbuena appeared unless they were paid off, and Benzema encouraged his former teammate to pay the group.

Prosecutors argued that by encouraging Valbuena to pay a suspected group of blackmailers to keep the explicit tape out of the public eye, Benzema was involved in the attempted extortion.

Valbuena instead of dealing with the blackmailers directly alerted authorities, and Benzema was exiled from the France national team once his role in the scandal came to light. 

Benzema, who continues to deny any wrongdoing, did not show up to court. However, his lawyer Antoine Vey said the player will appeal against the verdict;

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“We are quite flabbergasted by this judgment. An appeal is necessary. He will be exonerated at the height of this appeal.”

The French forward will play against Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol on Wednesday in the Champions League and has decided to focus on the tie instead.

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